During the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, President Trump announced that he will be signing the Born Alive Executive Order that will ensure medical treatment for infants who survive attempted abortions.
“Today, I am announcing that I will be signing the born alive executive order to assure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve. This is our sacrosanct moral duty,” Trump said in a pre-recorded video appearance at the event.
He added that his administration will provide increased federal funding for neonatal research, CBN News reports.
At the time of this writing, the full text of the Born Alive Executive Act has yet to be released.
A bill bearing the same name had previously been introduced to Congress multiple times but has yet to pass through both houses.
According to the Catholic News Agency, the proposed bill required that babies who survive failed abortions must be given medical care just as if they had been born prematurely under different conditions.
Following Trump’s announcement, Jeanne Mancini, president of the pro-life March for Life, lauded the president for his actions.
“President Trump once again has stepped up for life,” Mancini said. “His actions today provide necessary legal protections for some of the most vulnerable in society: survivors of failed abortions.”
Mancini explained that the order was necessary as “some Democrats in the Senate promised to block legislation that mandates basic medical care for children who survive an abortion — an extremist view shared by vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris.”
“While any abortion is one too many,” she added, “the reality is that Americans overwhelmingly want to see greater protections for the most vulnerable. These protections are a strong step in the right direction and the Senate should move quickly to codify the president’s executive order and pass Sen. Ben Sasse’s (R-Neb.) Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.”
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